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Nalin Chandra Wickramasinghe

Honorary Professor, University of Buckingham

Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe is a world-renowned astronomer, astrophysicist and a pioneer of astrobiology. In 1977 together with the late Sir Hoyle he proposed the theory of cometary panspermia - the theory that comets carry the seeds of life and that life is distributed throughout the Universe. Discoveries in astronomy, geology and astronomy continue to provide evidence in support his theory known as cometary panspermia. He was a former Fellow of Jesus College Cambridge and a Founder Member of the Institute of Astronomy in Cambridge. From 1973-2010 he was a Professor at Cardiff University. He is now an honorary professor at several universities world-wide and continues to publish books and research papers in astrobiology.


  • –present
    Honorary Professor, University of Buckingham


  • 1963 
    University of Cambridge, PhD